Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Race relations
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Grand Generation Discussion Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Discussion guide for grades 10-12 to accompany the film “The Grand Generation,” created by filmmakers Marjorie Hunt, Paul Wagner, and Steve Zeitlin in 1993. The 28-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, is a portrait of six older Americans from Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Washington, D.C., New Mexico, and Tennessee, each with their roots in a unique cultural heritage and their own distinctive perspectives on the nature of aging. The discussion guide and film consider the issues of creative aging, diversity, race relations, gender roles, hard times and resilience, creativity, the cycle of life, and technological change in the lives of the featured elders.
|Grade Level: 9-12; Undergraduate
||Curriculum: Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Primary sources; Video recordings
|Subjects: Labor unions; Race relations; Aging; Folk art; Old age; Folklore; Older people; Educational films; Ethnographic films; Oral history; Older artists; Gender role
Geographic locations: Washington (D.C.); Tennessee; New York (N.Y.); New Mexico; Mississippi; Maryland
Piedmont Blues Guitarist: John Cephas
by Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
K-12 curriculum ideas for studying the life and artistry of John Cephas, a 1989 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Piedmont Blues guitarist. Includes lesson suggestions, a transcript of an interview with John Cephas, an audio sample of his music, and additional resources. These materials can be used in lessons in the curriculum areas of Language Arts, Social Studies, Geography, Folklife Studies, Visual Arts, Music, and History to examine blues music, race relations, and traditional culture in the Piedmont region of Appalachia.
|Grade Level: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Performing Arts; Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Geography; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Primary sources; Audio recordings; Activities
|Subjects: Legends; Maps in education; Blues (Music); Race relations; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Work songs; African American musicians; Oral history; Music; Guitar music; Virginia--Social life and customs
Geographic locations: Virginia; Appalachian Region
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
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A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle - Curriculum Guides
Three curriculum guides to accompany the film “A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle,” created by filmmaker Tom Davenport with Daniel Patterson and Allen Tullos in 1986. The 57-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, traces the history of the Landis family of Granville County, North Carolina, over the lifetime of its oldest surviving member, 86-year-old Bertha Landis. In the film, her sons' gospel quartet, "The Golden Echoes" rehearses and performs during a Landis family reunion. Family members also describe their migration North, work, race relations, music, and family ties. The site includes a film study guide by Beverly Patterson for 8th and 9th grades that explores African American history, music, family life and culture, and film as a social and historical document. Also available is an intergenerational film discussion guide by Paddy Bowman that offers ideas for considering issues of Jim Crow segregation, voting rights, gospel music-making, and faith and resilience in African American families. In addition, the site includes a teaching guide for grades 10-12 by Paddy Bowman focusing on aspects of the film mentioned above plus background essays on gospel quartets, Bertha Landis, and Granville County, North Carolina.
|Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12; Undergraduate
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Language Arts; Music; Performing Arts
|Resource Type: Activities; Lesson plans; Primary sources; Video recordings
|Subjects: African Americans; North Carolina--Social life and customs; Segregation; Civil rights; Family--History; Gospel music; Race relations; Oral history; Music; African American families; Ethnographic films; Family reunions; Educational films; Family--Folklore; Race discrimination
Geographic locations: North Carolina